Each person is born with a unique set of skills and talents. Some of us discover them early in life; others develop them with time and experience. We are often told we can be anything we want to be-we can pursue our dreams and work hard to achieve our goals. But our talents aren’t given to us just for our own benefit! God equips us to accomplish His love on earth by using our gifts to bless others.
It is a privilege to be part of God’s plan. Sometimes, however, we need a starting point to use our gifts. Below are three ways you can use your talents to bless the people God brings into your life.
There are countless organizations that need help accomplishing their mission. Food pantries need people to take and sort donations. Blood drives need help checking people in. Local events always need assistance with setting up and tearing down. While these may seem like simple tasks, your individual abilities can make a big impact! Perhaps your organization skills could be put to use in planning an event. Maybe you could offer babysitting services for a group of single moms that meets every month.
You don’t have to be an expert at something to be helpful. As a personal example, I volunteered to play piano at a nursing home every week during my high school years. I wasn’t a concert pianist by any means, but I enjoyed playing songs for the residents, who sang along with me as I played!
To find places to volunteer, start by looking up organizations related to your interests or skills. Send them an email asking if they need any help. Chances are, they will gladly take you up on the offer!
While you may not feel qualified to teach, remember this: If you have something you’re skilled in or passionate about, there is always someone who could learn from you! Perhaps you could teach elementary school students some basic guitar chords, or visit a local women’s shelter to teach basic cooking classes. Many people long to learn the things that come naturally to you.
Teaching can also open doors to share the gospel. While teaching a practical skill, you can share how that skill has impacted your own life. Perhaps music played a big role in your own salvation story, or you could talk about how we worship God through music. Your talents can provide a wonderful platform to share Jesus with students young and old.
Both volunteering and teaching are forms of service, but another great way to use your talents is in your local church. From nursery to worship team, there are always opportunities to give of yourself and your talents. Service doesn’t fit one mold-it is as individual as the people offering to help! No matter what your interests, there is a place for them in the local body of believers.
You can find ways to help by looking in your church bulletin or asking your pastor what the church’s most pressing needs are that month. Some churches need help in the kitchen setting up a refreshment table. Others might take volunteers to assist with weddings and events. You might be able to play piano or sing on the worship team. The opportunities are endless!
Remember, even if you feel like your talents have not yet emerged, your mere presence with a cheerful face and willing hands will be welcomed wherever you serve. And there is even a chance you’ll discover your life passion by serving, whether with a talent you already have or one yet to develop!